Category Archives: Police & Traffic Law

Drink Driving

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How much can I drink and stay under the limit?

There is no fool-proof way of drinking and staying under the limit. It depends on:

  1. your weight
  2. your gender
  3. your metabolism
  4. what you are drinking
  5. how much you are drinking
  6. your current stress levels
  7. whether you’ve eaten recently
  8. your age

Drink driving in Cyprus.

High risk groups of drivers in Cyprus have a  limit of 9 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath (20 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood).

High risk groups:

  1. Novice drivers
  2. motorcycles,
  3. trucks
  4. buses
  5. taxis
  6. vehicles transporting hazardous cargoes

The limit for most drivers.
The limit is lower than England and Wales and the same as Scotland at 22 micrograms per 100 ml of breath (50 milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood).

  1. The reading from 23 to 35 micrograms – fine €100 – 0 – 2 penalty points
  2. reading 36 to 55 micrograms -fine €200 – 2 – 4 penalty points
  3. reading 56 to 70 micrograms – fine €300 – 3 – 6 penalty points
  4. Over 71 micrograms – Prison or fine between €150 – €400 will be determined by the court – 3 – 6 penalty points
  5. Drunk in charge of a vehicle. Determined by the court

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Police Traffic & Accident Statistics

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2010 Accident statistics in Cyprus in Greek.

1999 to 2008. A roundup of accident statistics in Cyprus in English

2003 to 2007. A roundup of accident statistics in Cyprus in English

pdf Traffic Offences Committed By Juveniles For The Years 2005 – 2009. Download

pdf Deaths – drivers and passengers – No Safety Belt 2001 – 2005. Download

pdf Deaths – drivers and passengers – No Safety Belt 2000 – 2004. Download
pdf Riders – not wearing helmet 2001 – 2005. Download

pdf Riders – not wearing helmet 2000 – 2004. Download

pdf Accidents by Classification 2001 – 2005. Download

pdf Accident Deaths and Alcohol 1994 – 2005. Download

pdf Casualties by Means of Transport 2001 – 2004. Download

pdf Casualties by Means of Transport 1999 – 2003. Download

pdf Casualties by Sex and Age 2000 – 2004. Download

pdf Casualties by Sex and Age 1999 – 2003. Download

pdf Victims According to Age 2000 – 2004. Download

pdf Fatal Traffic Accidents per day 2002 – 2004. Download

pdf Table of Casualties 1999 – 2003. Downloaded

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Tyres

Tyre

There have been a number of rumours circulating regarding tyres. Here is a brief rundown of the legislation.

The Law and the Biennial Vehicle Inspection (MOT)

The vehicle will fail the test and you may commit traffic offences if:

  1. The tyre does not fit snugly on the rim
  2. The rim is dented or distorted
  3. Different tyre size
  4. Different tread pattern on same axle
  5. Cuts greater than 25 mm or greater than 10 % of width, bulges or other damage.
  6. The grooves of the tread pattern are not at least 1.6mm throughout a continuous band comprising: the central three-quarters of the breadth of tread around the entire outer circumference of the tyre.
  7. The general condition of the tyre of the tyre is poor e.g. perished rubber.
  8. The valve is worn, deformed or broken.

The DOT number

The DOT number is the US Department of Transport number which contains a code for the manufacturer e.g. JJ82, then an internal code for the manufacturers’ use and then the date code. Recent tyres have a 4 figure code the first two are the week of manufacture the second two are the year of manufacture.

The DOT code currently has no bearing in Cyprus law. Nor is there any legislation being proposed that would, for example, make it illegal to drive the vehicle on the road fitted with an old tyre. Nor can the vehicle fail the Bi Annual Vehicle Test (MOT) purely on the date of manufacture of the tyre.

The questions regarding DOT dates was brought about by the importing of secondhand tyres from other countries. The importers asked the Department of Transport if it was legal. The answer was that it is, provided the tyres are safe.

A number of other interested parties, who were not happy with the importers, seem to have started this chain of events and wanted to introduce the DOT date restriction.

The Department of Transport did state however that vehicles being submitted to their offices for Type Approval may be refused if they consider the tyres to be too old. This will effect very few people, those who wish a one off Type Approval.

For further advice on tyres I suggest you look at the manufactures website to check their recommendations regarding the longevity of their tyres.

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FOR ALL EMERGENCIES DIAL 112

112

Police, Ambulance and Fire Service in Cyprus use the Emergency number that is valid in all countries of the EU, 112.

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Traffic Collisions.

The police will only attend accidents that involve injury, driving offences or special situations where, for example, the road is blocked or futher danger is likely to be caused.

If you are unlucky enough to be involved in any sort of traffic accident while driving on a road in Cyprus, the vehicles should be left in situe unless it is likely to cause danger to other persons or vehicles .

Your insurance documentation should include a number to contact if you are involoved in a crash. This will normally be a recovery company. They will make any arrangements necessary on behlaf of the insurance company.

Emergency Number 112

When you call the emergency number, 112 it is directed to the Police in the first instance.

Police will call an ambulance or the fire service to the scene if required.

Always carry with you:

In a rented car – driving licence – rental documents

In a locally registered car – driving licence – insurance.

Police Officers in Cyprus invariably speak some English and many have a good knowledge of the language.

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Police Traffic Patrol and Enforcement

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Police Blue Lights

blue light The Cyprus Police have been driving with their blue lights illuminated while on normal patrol. The policy has now changed because of the road safety implications. However there may be those who continue to use them in error.

Cyprus Police Traffic Patrols

Cyprus police car Αστυνομία Κύπρου operate regular traffic patrols and static checks to enforce traffic law. They have modern speed enforcement equipment and carry out regular speed checks.

Sovereign Base Area Police

SBA Police operate similar patrols within their jurisdiction, which is on the British Bases and surrounding areas.

Both forces are especially vigilant regarding excess speed on the Highway.

The Department of Road Transport Police Special Constables

The Department have a number of employees who are appointed as Police Special Constables. They wear Police uniform with insignia denoting they are from the department. They carry out road checks in their own right, mainly for document and construction and use offences.

Municipal Police

Most Municipalities employ their own uniformed police to enforce local bye-laws, traffic offences and parking.

Offence Targeting

target Police have a policy of targeting a different offence each month.

Drink Driving

drink The limit is lower than the UK.
The limit in Cyprus is 22 micrograms of alcohol per 100 milliliters of breath.
There are several mobile substantive breath test devices in Cyprus. These give the readout that is used in court.

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If you have a reading between 25 and 39 you will be detained until a responsible person is able to drive you and your vehicle away from the scene or Police Station. You will then be fined or taken to court. Offences, Fines and Points.

Speed and Traffic Cameras

camsign The speed and traffic camera system was deactivated on 21st September 2007. It would appear that several problems have been encountered in replacing them. It is not anticipated that the will be a speed camera system on the roads of Cyprus for the foreseeable future.

Fixed Penalty Tickets

police Many offences are dealt with by way of fixed penalty ticket with a fine. They have introduced a hand held, centrally controlled, computer system for issuing the tickets. Those who refuse a ticket will be reported and a summons to court will follow. Fines are not collected by the officer at the roadside. See – Offences, Fines and Points.

Hand Held Computer and Printer

If you are a visitor, the points don’t effect you at present, but you should be aware that the EU, is currently trying to introduce an EU driving licence and make certain of the more serious traffic offences prosecutable across its borders. It may take some time to get agreement.

Payment of Traffic Fines

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Traffic fines are not paid to the officer at the roadside.
More information on payment of fines….

Offences, Fines and Points.

ban For some offences your licence can be endorsed with penalty points leading to a driving ban and revocation of your licence. Where penalty points apply the Police Officer is obliged to impose the minimum penalty in each case. For serious offences the driver will be reported and a summons to court will follow.

In the main the offences in Cyprus are similar to those in the UK and Europe. See – Offences, Fines and Points.

Disqualified Drivers

judgeThe courts have the power to disqualify drivers for certain offences and those who have accrued 12 points. Points remain on a licence for 3 years. A court can impose a fine or imprisonment on foreign licence holders.

Cyprus may refuse to recognize the validity of a driving licence issued in another State where the holder has a licence that is restricted, suspended or revoked or cancelled in another State.

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Pay Traffic fines

Pay Traffic fines by credit card online.

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Pay Cyprus Police fines

Pay with a credit card through the JCCSmart website.

  1. Set up an account (Its easy).
  2. Log in.
  3. Click on the POLICE FINES button and follow the instructions.

The site is in Greek and English.

Fines can also be paid at any commercial bank or credit cooperatives in Cyprus or through the Cyprus Police Website.

Pay Municipal Police fines.

To pay municipal fines for parking and local bye-law infringements click the links below.

  1. Latsia
  2. Limassol (via JCC payment system)
  3. Nicosia
  4. Paphos
  5. Paralimni
  6. Strovolos (via JCC payment system)

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Speed Limits

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There are several things you should know about speed limits in Cyprus.

The sign indicating you are entering a limit will normally only be displayed on your side of the road.

Having entered a posted limit, you will very rarely find the small repeater signs that you see in the UK. The next sign you will see may be a change in speed limit or when you pass over a municipal boundary.

It is often not clear when a speed limit ceases to apply. You will rarely see a de-restriction sign. There are long stretches of road which could be de-restricted, because of the layout and lack of hazards, but the last limit still appears to apply.

I generally use the sign governing the speed limit for the opposing traffic as a guide for when the de-restriction starts. However this is not foolproof as there are examples where, according to the signs, the opposing traffic on the same road is governed by a different speed limit to you.

Speed limits posted at hazards, such as bends, are usually advisory in the UK. In Cyprus they are technically mandatory and must be obeyed. They are often placed with little thought as to their purpose or the affect they will have on traffic. You will not find many of the locals adhering to them.

Be careful of your speed.

The maximum speed limit allowed is lower than in the UK and can lead to impatience and an itchy right foot.

From the 1st October 2020 the tolerance for being fined for speeding has been reduced.

For a limit of up to 30 km (urban roads and others) the tolerance will be up to 35 km and from 36 and above offenders will be fined.

For a limit of 50 km or more which is the most common in towns and villages, the tolerance will be up to 57 km and from 58 km and above there will be fines. To date the fines have been imposed over 63 km.

For a limit of 65 km tolerance will be 73.5 km and fines will be imposed at 74 km and over.

It does not change the tolerance limit of 20% on motorways and long-city roads which are 100 km and 80 km respectively and remains at 120 km and 97km. respectively.

All speed limits in Cyprus are posted in Kilometers per hour (Kph)

Type of Road  SignApprox.
mph
Highway:
(Motorway)
highway signMaximum speed limit10062
  Minimum speed limit6540
Built up Areas:urbanMaximum speed limit5031
Country Roads: Maximum speed limit6540
Hazards:bend   men workingMaximum speed limit
Roadworks, bends etc.
3018
National Speed
Limit:
 Maximum speed limit8050
National Speed
Limit applies:
  de-resrtiction50

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Disabled parking permit (Blue Badge) Residents of Cyprus

Disabled Parking - Blue Badge Permits

Visitors click here.

Do not park on roads where parking is prohibited.
Do not drive or park in pedestrian zones unless there is a sign showing that vehicles displaying the Parking Card are exempt.

The Permit allows a disabled driver:

  1. To park in marked disabled parking bays.
  2. You may park free of charge and without time limit on roads where payment is required. Check locally.
  3. You may park without time limit on roads where parking is free but restricted by time.

People who are eligible to apply for a disabled parking permit (Blue Badge) in Cyprus.

  1. Recipient of Severe Motor Disability Allowance from the Disabled Welfare Service
  2. Persons with a visual disability (the visual acuity of both eyes is such that it does not exceed 6/60 even with the use of corrective lenses)
  3. Persons who have received financial assistance for purchasing a car by the Ministry of Finance according to the Scheme of Financial Assistance to Persons with Disabilities for Purchasing a Car
  4. Persons with intellectual disabilities with additional motor difficulties

The application form can be downloaded pdfhere. It has instructions in English.

Each Country has different regulations.
Information regarding the use of Blue Badge Permits in the Countries where it is applicable and where the permit allows you to park can be downloaded here.

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